How to Prevent Autumn Leaves Blocking Drains
As autumn draws in and the trees turn brown, it is only a matter of time before the crisp leaves start to fall and cause havoc with your garden! Outdoor drains are prone to clogging as the wind can blow leaves and debris to completely cover them, causing the leaves to decompose over time. Not only does this create blockages in your drains, it also causes a terrible mess and major slip hazards in your garden.
Autumnal leaves can block drain grids, preventing water from getting into the drains which can then cause rainwater to back up into your garden and potentially cause flooding. Leaves can also cause a serious problem when they get into the drains and cause blockages from inside which could possibly require a professional to fix.
Being proactive is key, which is why it is extremely important that you remember to carry out regular clean-ups and maintenance to keep your garden free from leaves and prevent the vegetation from decomposing.
What can I do when my drain is blocked with leaves?
When an outdoor drain becomes clogged with leaves, there are several measures you can take to prevent the leaves from causing problems in the future. The most effective – yet most overlooked – way to keep your garden free of leaves is to use a good quality brush or rake to gather the foliage and dispose of them in an appropriate bin on a regular basis.
Another technique is to vacuum out the clogged leaves by scooping the mess away with a shovel and then vacuuming the drain with a wet-dry vacuum. The suction of the vacuum will pull leaf debris through the grates of the drain cover and whatever is left behind may be washed down the drain with water; as long as the bulk of the debris is removed, the drain should be much easier to clean.
Prevent leaves from clogging the drain by using a drain guard. Similar to an upside-down strainer, the drain guard’s gaps allow water to filter through while blocking the leaves away from the drain’s surface. Therefore, if a build up of leaves forms over the drain cover, it will not block water from flowing under. Drain guards still require regular cleaning, but they work as effective solutions to keep drains from becoming clogged with leaves.
Inspect your drain grid regularly and clear away any leaves that may build up on top. Make sure blockages do not occur on top of the drain as water will find somewhere else to drain away which could potentially cause flood in your garden. Try using a plastic or metal net to cover the grid as this is a very easy way of removing leaves without the mess.
Prevention is better than cure
The final word of advice is to carry out regular maintenance on your drain pipes. Leaves are not confined to entering your garden alone, they can also end up in your drain pipes on your roof. If this becomes the case, leaves have a direct route into the drains which can prevent water from draining down the pipes, causing them to overflow. This can be much more difficult to clear, which is why there are a range of devices available which can make this task much easier for you, such as gutter brushes. This will sit inside your drain pipe and prevent anything from getting inside except for water.
Regular maintenance of your garden helps to avoid expensive costs of repair or replacement. At Clearfirst Drainage, we use a variety of specialist techniques to carry out quality drain unblocking services. If you have a blocked drain, simply give us a ring on 0800 294 2907 today and we will dispatch a fully equipped drainage van to your premises as quickly as possible – you don’t even need to worry about a call-out charge! Alternatively, get in touch online!